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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Departure of A Legend and An Icon

The statue of St. Louis Icon, Stan Musial - MMSikes
What makes a legend and an icon? I don't believe it's possible to define exactly, but for St. Louis Cardinals' fans, Stan Musial has been a legend and an icon almost from the time long ago when he first appeared in a Cardinals' uniform. Unlike most major league baseball players, he remained on one team all of his playing career--22 years. Then he made St. Louis his home for the rest of his life which ended Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Although in declining health, Musial was always present for special events including the season openers, playoff games, World Series, 2009 All Star Game and more. At the season openers, we often saw his grandson drive him around the stadium warning track in a red golf cart. He was "The Man" in St. Louis. His statue stood at the main entrance of the old Busch Stadium and was later moved to the new stadium when it opened in 2006 and now stands at the main entrance there.

Musial was an ambassador for baseball, a gifted player who long stood in the shadows of the more heralded greats, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. He was just as good--maybe better--but the other two players were in New York and Boston where center stage lights shown brighter.

America needs icons. America needs legends. Ones that the children can look to as their special heroes.

Number six is retired forever. A hero is gone. Cardinals Nation is saddened.

--Mary Montague Sikes


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That he played for one team is really incredible. That just doesn't happen anymore.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Sadly, Alex, it does not. Albert Pujols had his chance. What a huge mistake he made. All about the money! How much does one need in a lifetime?!!!

Chuck said...

Monti, just read about this on the Bing homepage. I honestly thought he had died some time ago. He was truly an icon and a credit to his sport. I am sure flags are flying low in St Louis today.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Chuck, thanks for commenting. He was at the Cardinals playoff games in Oct.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Monti,

You are so right that today's youth needs role models that are NOT just out for the seven figure salaries. Honestly, I find sports figures a joke. They are only out for the almighty buck. It disgusts me...

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Michael, it is sad. And we want to have heroes! Thanks for visiting.